Publications of Jean-Louis GIELEN
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See detailAbnormal response to metabolic stress in schizophrenia: marker of vulnerability or acquired sensitization?
Marcelis, Machteld; Cavalier, Etienne ULiege; Gielen, Jacques ULiege et al

in Psychological Medicine (2004), 34(6), 1103-1111

Background. Previous work suggests that individuals with schizophrenia display an altered homovanillic acid (HVA) response to metabolic stress. The present study replicated and extended this paradigm ... [more ▼]

Background. Previous work suggests that individuals with schizophrenia display an altered homovanillic acid (HVA) response to metabolic stress. The present study replicated and extended this paradigm, including individuals with elevated genetic risk for schizophrenia. Method. Patients with psychosis (n = 50), non-psychotic first-degree relatives of patients with psychosis (n = 5 1) and controls without psychosis (n = 50) underwent, in randomized order, double-blind administration of placebo and the glucose analogue 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG), which induces a mild, transient clinical state of glucoprivation. Plasma HVA and cortisol were assessed twice before the start of the 2DG/placebo infusion (baseline values), as well as four times post infusion. Data were analysed using multi-level random regression techniques. Results. During the stress condition, significant increases in plasma HVA and cortisol were found. The increase in plasma HVA level during the stress condition was significantly stronger in patients than in controls, whereas this was not the case in relatives v. controls. The increase in plasma cortisol during the stress condition was significantly less in patients than controls, but no significant difference in the increase of plasma cortisol during stress was found in the comparison between relatives and controls. Conclusions. Patients with psychosis, but not their non-psychotic first-degree relatives, show an altered neurobiological response to metabolic stress, suggesting that this dysregulation is not a genetically transmitted vulnerability, but an illness-related effect, possibly reflecting acquired sensitization of neuroendocrine systems by repeated environmental stressors or repeated stimulation with agonistic drugs. [less ▲]

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See detailCytoplasmic I kappa B alpha increases NF-kappa B-independent transcription through binding to histone deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and HDAC3
Viatour, Patrick ULiege; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie; van Lint, Carine et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(47), 46541-46548

IkappaBalpha is an inhibitory molecule that sequesters NF-kappaB dimers in the cytoplasm of unstimulated cells. Upon stimulation, NF-kappaB moves to the nucleus and induces the expression of a variety of ... [more ▼]

IkappaBalpha is an inhibitory molecule that sequesters NF-kappaB dimers in the cytoplasm of unstimulated cells. Upon stimulation, NF-kappaB moves to the nucleus and induces the expression of a variety of genes including IkappaBalpha. This newly synthesized IkappaBalpha also translocates to the nucleus, removes activated NF-kappaB from its target genes, and brings it back to the cytoplasm to terminate the phase of NF-kappaB activation. We show here that IkappaBalpha enhances the transactivation potential of several homeodomain-containing proteins such as HOXB7 and Pit-1 through a NF-kappaB-independent association with histone deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and HDAC3 but not with HDAC2, -4, -5, and -6. IkappaBalpha bound both HDAC proteins through its ankyrin repeats, and this interaction was disrupted by p65. Immunofluorescence experiments demonstrated further that IkappaBalpha acts by partially redirecting HDAC3 to the cytoplasm. At the same time, an IkappaBalpha mutant, which lacked a functional nuclear localization sequence, interacted very efficiently with HDAC1 and -3 and intensively enhanced the transactivation potential of Pit-1. Our results support the hypothesis that the NF-kappaB inhibitor IkappaBalpha regulates the transcriptional activity of homeodomain-containing proteins positively through cytoplasmic sequestration of HDAC1 and HDAC3, a mechanism that would assign a new and unexpected role to IkappaBalpha. [less ▲]

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See detailLa mesure du débit de filtration glomérulaire en clinique quotidienne
Delanaye, Pierre ULiege; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULiege; Ferir, Anne-Marie et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(2), 95-100

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the most frequently used parameter to evaluate the renal function. GFR may be estimated with serum creatinine, creatinine clearance based on 24 hours urine collection ... [more ▼]

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the most frequently used parameter to evaluate the renal function. GFR may be estimated with serum creatinine, creatinine clearance based on 24 hours urine collection or Cockcroft formula. All these methods have bias. Other approaches have thus been proposed. The limitations and advantages of isotopic methods and recent mathematical approaches (MDRD formula) are reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms involved in exogenous C2- and C6-ceramide-induced cancer cell toxicity.
Fillet, Marianne ULiege; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Deregowski, Valérie et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2003), 65(10), 1633-42

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the ... [more ▼]

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the apoptosis of HCT116 and OVCAR-3 cancer cells, exogenous C2-, C6-, and C16-ceramides were used to mimic the endogenous lipid increase that follows a large variety of stresses. C2- and C6-ceramides (cell-permeable ceramide analogs), but not C16-ceramide, induced nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) DNA-binding, caspase-3 activation, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase degradation, and mitochondrial cytochrome c release, indicating that apoptosis occurs through the caspase cascade and the mitochondrial pathway. No difference in survival was observed between control cells and cells expressing mutated IkappaBalpha and treated with the permeable ceramides. This suggests that, at least in these cell lines, stable NF-kappaB inhibition did not modify the ceramide-induced cytotoxicity pathway. C6-ceramide also induced a double block in G1 and G2, thus emptying the S phase. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly Stage Results after Oesophageal Resection for Malignancy - Colon Interposition Vs. Gastric Pull-Up
Kolh, Philippe ULiege; Honore, Pierre ULiege; Degauque, C. et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2000), 18(3), 293-300

OBJECTIVE: The aims of our study were to determine if using the colon as a digestive transplant after oesophagectomy for cancer was associated with increased postoperative complications, and to assess the ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The aims of our study were to determine if using the colon as a digestive transplant after oesophagectomy for cancer was associated with increased postoperative complications, and to assess the impact of preoperative radiochemotherapy on postoperative hospital outcome. METHODS: From January 1990 to December 1998, 130 patients underwent oesophageal resection for malignancy. There were 103 males and 27 females (age: 61.3+/-11.5 years). Indications were squamous cell carcinoma in 69 patients and adenocarcinoma in 61. Preoperatively 30 patients (eight in stage IIB, 18 in stage III, and four in stage IV) received radiochemotherapy. There were 84 subtotal oesophagectomies, with anastomosis in the neck in 44 patients and at the thoracic inlet in 40, and 46 distal oesophageal resections. Digestive continuity was restored with the stomach in 92 patients (age: 63.4+/-10.2 years) and the colon in 38 (age: 52.3+/-12.8 years). With the exception of age (P<0.0001), there was no significant preoperative difference between gastric and colonic groups. RESULTS: Hospital mortality was 8.5% (11 patients), decreasing from 18.5% (before 1993) to 3.8% (since 1993). One patient (2.5%) died in the colonic graft group and ten (11%) in the gastric pull-up group (P=0.17). Postoperative complications occurred in 40 patients (31%), respectively, in ten (26%) and 30 (33%) patients after colonic and gastric transplants (P=0.48), and were pulmonary insufficiency or infection in 29 patients, anastomotic fistula in six, myocardial infarction in five, recurrent nerve palsy in four, renal insufficiency in three, and cerebrovascular accident in one. All fistulas occurred in the gastric pull-up group. The incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications was 70% (21/30 patients) in the subgroup who received preoperative radiochemotherapy, as compared to 11% (5/44 patients) in the subgroup of comparable staging, but without preoperative treatment (P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Colonic grafts are not associated with increased postoperative mortality or complications. Our results suggest that preoperative neoadjuvant treatment significantly increases postoperative pulmonary complications. [less ▲]

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See detailCytosine Deaminase Suicide Gene Therapy for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Bentires-Alj, M.; Hellin, Anne-Cécile ULiege; Lechanteur, Chantal ULiege et al

in Cancer Gene Therapy (2000), 7(1), 20-6

Gene therapy is a novel therapeutic approach that might soon improve the prognosis of some cancers. We investigated the feasibility of cytosine deaminase (CD) suicide gene therapy in a model of peritoneal ... [more ▼]

Gene therapy is a novel therapeutic approach that might soon improve the prognosis of some cancers. We investigated the feasibility of cytosine deaminase (CD) suicide gene therapy in a model of peritoneal carcinomatosis. DHD/K12 colorectal adenocarcinoma cells transfected in vitro with the CD gene were highly sensitive to 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC), and a bystander effect could also be observed. Treating CD+ cells with 5-FC resulted in apoptosis as detected by terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling. In vitro, several human cell lines derived from ovarian or colorectal carcinomas, as well as the rat glioblastoma 9 L cell line, responded to CD/5-FC and showed a very strong bystander effect. 5-FC treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis generated in syngeneic BDIX rats by CD-expressing DHD/K12 cells led to a complete and prolonged response and to prolonged survival. Our study thus demonstrated the efficacy of CD suicide gene therapy for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis. [less ▲]

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See detailRepeated Cycles of Retrovirus-Mediated Hsvtk Gene Transfer Plus Ganciclovir Increase Survival of Rats with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Princen, Frédéric; Lechanteur, Chantal ULiege; Lopez Y Cadenas, Miguel ULiege et al

in Gene Therapy (1998), 5(8), 1054-60

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation that requires novel therapeutic approaches. We investigated the efficiency of an HSVtk gene therapy for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis ... [more ▼]

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation that requires novel therapeutic approaches. We investigated the efficiency of an HSVtk gene therapy for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis induced in syngeneic rats by DHD/K12 colon carcinoma cells. In this setting, the efficiency of two different retrovirus producing cell lines (GP+AmEnv12 and FLYA13) was compared. Rats treated with a single injection of retrovirus producing cells followed by a 5-day course of ganciclovir treatment showed an increased survival as compared with control animals. Animals treated with three injections of producing cells, each followed by a 4-5-day course of ganciclovir treatment, showed an increased survival as compared with control rats and with those treated with a single cycle of retrovirus producing cells plus ganciclovir. However, only a few animals remained tumor-free after day 180. There was no difference between the two producing cell lines in any of the experiments. RT-PCR demonstrated a faint expression of the tk transgene in the liver, spleen, epiploon, bowels and the lung of the animals injected with the HSVtk producing cells, reflecting most likely the transduction of only a limited number of cells. [less ▲]

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